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ORIGIN II PREVIEW: QLD Maroons vs NSW Blues

The QLD Maroons will host the NSW Blues for State of Origin Game II for 2016 at Suncorp Stadium.

LAST TIME OUT

QLD Maroons were able to defeat NSW away from home in front of a crowd of 80,251 fans.

Boyd Cordner who scored the Blues only try in game 1 has been left out of the NSW side due to a foot injury. Nate Myles hade an impact into the side but has also been ruled out of Origin II due to suffering a knee injury.

The game proved to be intense as both teams were left scoreless in the second half of the match. Both teams were unable to convert their tries making it a low scoring game.

If QLD Maroons win this game they will take out the series again for the second consecutive year after NSW won in 2014. Captain Cameron Smith will continue to be the most-capped player in Origin history for the Maroons making his 38th appearance.

Cordner had a terrific game for NSW in Origin I and NSW may struggle without his strength after running 138 metres and successfully making a line break to score the only try for NSW. Matt Moylan will also be determined to continue his form from Origin I after he ran the most metres for NSW, 159 metres. Moylan will be looking to impress and help his side to victory.

NSW will be looking to continue their good form with Dylan Walker replacing the injured Josh Morris and is starting on the field. Daley has had to shuffle around the team, which hopefully does not put the side off. The controversial decision to suspend Wade Graham has also been floating around the camp; Graham is training in the camp even though he is not to take the field due to suspension after a high tackle on Johnathan Thurston. Tyson Frizell has been called into the side to on the bench with Graham suspended.

KEY BATTLE

A key match up will be between the wingers, Corey Oates (QLD) and Blake Ferguson (NSW). Corey Oates was on debut and had a quiet night in the Maroon. Corey Oates should be cleared to play after suffering from a stomach bug at camp. He had a quiet first game not getting much of the ball. If he does get passed the ball and space is opened up he will find the gap and show off his ability to run. Similarly Blake Ferguson will be looking have the ball a bit more as he also had a quiet game in Origin I.

Another key battle will be between props Jacob Lillyman (QLD) and James Tamou (NSW). Jacob Lillyman has a huge role for replacing the injured Nate Myles in the team. He will be looking to have a huge impact and assist QLD as much as possible. James Tamou had a great game Origin I, with significant impact and like Lillyman will be hoping to impress and help his side win. It was announced this week that Tamou has decided to play for Panthers and that will hopefully not be a distraction whilst on the field.

 

SQUADS

QLD Maroons: 1. Darius Boyd 2. Corey Oates 3. Greg Inglis 4. Justin O’Neill 5. Dane Gagai 6. Johnathan Thurston 7. Cooper Cronk 8. Matthew Scott 9. Cameron Smith 10. Jacob Lillyman 11. Matt Gillett 12. Sam Thaiday 13. Corey Parker Interchange 14. Michael Morgan 15. Josh McGuire 16. Aidan Guerra 17. Josh Papalii

Coach: Kevin Walters

 

NSW Blues: 1. Matt Moylan 2. Blake Ferguson 3. Michael Jennings 4. Dylan Walker 5. Josh Mansour 6. James Maloney 7. Adam Reynolds 8. Aaron Woods 9. Robbie Farah 10. James Tamou 11. Greg Bird 12. Josh Jackson 13. Paul Gallen Interchange 14. Tyson Frizell 15. David Klemmer 16. Andrew Fifita 17. Jack Bird

Coach: Laurie Daley

YOUR SAY

 

Date: Wednesday 22nd of June

Kick Off: 8:00pm (AEST)

Stadium: Suncorp Stadium (Brisbane, QLD)

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